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Napa Valley Day One

Arrived in Napa around 2:00pm yesterday, and could not be happier with the way the day went! A big thank you to Continental Airlines, once again they had us on the ground in San Francisco almost a half hour early. The trip through the airport was quick and easy Hertz Rental also gets big thanks for quick service and a nice car. We drove into San Francisco and had a nice lunch at the Blue Mermaid which is down at Fisherman’s Wharf. The New England clam chowder was fantastic. Then it was off for the hour drive up to the valley. Our first stop which has become tradition was Regusci Winery. They have become a favorite of ours and the wine never disappoints. We tasted six wines, the 2008 Chardonnay, 2007 Estate Zinfandel, 2007 Merlot, 2007 Estate Cabernet, Regusci Patriarch, and Angelo’s Cabernet. As usual all were very good however, I did come away with a new favorite, the 2007 Zinfandel was great! Tasting notes describe it as having crisp notes of blueberry, raspberry, light blackberry and luscious plum. The wine ‘zings’ the palate with tingly acidity that simply reverberates around the mouth, leaving a hint of blackcurrant finish. Needless to say the first case of wine was ordered before we were in the valley for an hour. We then headed over to another favorite Silver Oak. We tried the recently released 2006 Alexander Valley Cabernet and the 2005 Napa Cabernet. As an added bonus they were pouring a 2002 Alexander Valley Cab that had aged very well and I am happy about that as we have several bottles aging in our cellar. It was then off to the Wine Country Inn for the daily afternoon tasting and appetizers. We ended our first day at the Silverado Brew Pub with a nice dinner and watching the San Francisco Giants beat Philadelphia. What a great first day!

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